Current Issues

Current Issues (8)

The Town Council has approached Torridge District Council in relation to the state of the cemetery gates and the condition of the path ways due to bushes and brambles hanging over.   

Torridge District Council has confirmed that the gates are currently scheduled for re-painting and the paths will be also be looked at. Torridge assured the Town Council that brambles will be dealt with as they agreed these should not be across the paths.   

Torridge also confirmed that the toilet block at South Street Car Park is scheduled to have regular pressure washes and general maintenance will be addressed soon.

Karen Chapman, Town Clerk 

Friday, 20 July 2018 10:23

Councillor Vacancies

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We currently have vacancies for 2 Co-Opted Councillors to join the other Council Members of Great Torrington Town Council.

The Town Council therefore invites written applications outlining why you are interested in becoming a Town Councillor and what you believe you can bring to the role for consideration.    

Applicants must meet at least one of the qualifications set out below:  

a)  I am registered as a local government elector for the parish; or

b)  I have, during the whole of the twelve months preceding the date of my co-option, occupied as owner or tenant, land or other premises in the parish; or

c)  My principal or only place of work during those twelve months has been in the parish; or

d)  I have during the whole of the twelve months preceding the date of my co-option resided in the parish or within 3 miles of it.

Applications should be no more than one side of A4 paper.

For further information please contact the Town Clerk on 01805 626135 or by email:

Please forward applications to Great Torrington Town Council, Castle Hill, Great Torrington, EX38 8AA or by email to to be received no later than Friday 31st August 2018.

Karen Chapman, Town Clerk

Thursday, 14 June 2018 21:11

Refuse collection reminder

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Due to the changes in collections dates and collection times across the district, residents are being reminded that:

•black bags need to be put for collection by 5:45am

•Recycling and garden waste need to be put out by 7:00am 

Residents can also check their revised waste collection dates by entering their post code via this link

Thank you for working with Torridge District Council to recycle more.


Torridge's Community Grant Scheme is now entering its third year of operation with grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 up for grabs.  In the last few years the scheme has distributed nearly £800,000 right across the district which has helped community halls, local clubs, and organisations make their wish-lists become a reality.

The process of applying is quick and easy but applications must adhere to the following criteria:

  • The funding isn't available for a project that has already been completed.
  • The project must be achievable within the funding timescales.
  • A project must be within the Torridge area with funds to benefit residents of Torridge.
  • It must have the support of ALL relevant Local Ward Councillor(s).
  • A project must be run by a local Parish or Town Council, voluntary organisation, community group, social enterprise - not individuals or businesses.
  • A project must have a long-term impact.  Applications for capital spending will be considered, but core organisational costs such as salaries, rent or utilities will not be eligible.

For further information please visit the website at, email or contact Leisure Services on 01237 428700.

Friday, 11 May 2018 15:34

Update regarding the Creamery site

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I have spoken at length to the owner’s agent today about the Creamery site.

He says that the owner – Ian Mitchell -  is intending to pursue the planning permission given, which means he intends to demolish the buildings and clear the site.

The route to getting there is complex, for example a bat licence is needed before the buildings are demolished, but planning permission is needed for the new bat house which is a requirement of the bat licence. The list goes on……

This morning the top site (which has full planning permission for housing) had reptile fencing installed around its boundary and the brambles cut back. This is required to remove all reptiles from the site to the adjacent Commons and to make sure they don’t wander back – once all reptiles are removed, an archaeological dig can take place.

You may receive queries about what is occurring on the site, so hopefully this will be helpful. Overall this is positive news. I am scheduled to meet the owner/agent shortly to smooth the process as much as I can.


Lewis Andrews BA (Hons) BTP MRTPI | Specialist Planning Team Leader

Torridge District Council | Riverbank House | Bideford | EX39 2QG

Tel: 01237 428797



Tuesday, 16 January 2018 21:08

Report a Problem

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Do you have a problem with Blocked Drains or Flooding, wish to report a Pothole or Overgrown Vegetation, having problems with a Faulty Street Light or Broken Manhole Cover? items such as these and many others can be reported direct to the relevant department by clicking the following link and then choosing the option you require:-


Tuesday, 05 September 2017 16:30

Unable to find Childcare?

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If you are a parent who has been unable to find suitable childcare, please let Devon County Council know by completing this form so they can support you to find childcare and it can help them plan: 

Please click HERE to complete DCC form


Tuesday, 19 September 2017 09:00

Counselling Directory

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